The end of Vittorio Cecchi Gori and bankruptcy: August 4th 2002


Fiorentina resumed in the 2000/01 season with the volatile Turkish coach Fatih Terim in charge. The quality of the team’s football was OK, and they had self-belief, but the results were unimpressive: knocked out of the UEFA Cup immediately at the hands of the modest Austrian side Tyrol Innsbruck, and with highs and lows in the league, ranging from a 4-0 win over Milan to an unimpressive defeat away to Perugia, Terim’s reign ended in February, and with it came Antognoni’s resignation. The club, who had in the meantime appointed Mario Sconcerti as a new director, did everything in their power to employ Roberto Mancini as their new coach: the former Sampdoria man, finally hired despite rules opposing his appointment, managed to take the side to a mid-table position, and to victory in the Coppa Italia against Parma: it was June 13th 2001. On the same day the Co.Vi.Soc. entered Fiorentina and confirmed the financial problems of Cecchi Gori’s club. The 2001/02 season was a real struggle, without Toldo and Rui Costa, who had moved on to Inter Milan and AC Milan respectively. The headlines were all about court hearings and bank balances, with events on the pitch slipping into the background. Enrico Chiesa was the only player capable of keeping the ship afloat, but he was injured after just five games, and by the end of January the club was as good as relegated to Serie B. The changes in coaches, from Mancini to Chiarugi, and then from Chiarugi to Ottavio Bianchi, were of little use. Fiorentina were relegated long before the end of the season. Then in the summer of 2002, as the team were training in Trentino under newly appointed coach Eugenio Fascetti, the club’s existence on the national football scene ceased. 
 

 

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